25 Events Until Christmas

25 Events Until Christmas

The countdown to Christmas has begun! If you’re looking to get into the festive spirit or need ideas for entertaining your family this holiday season, there are plenty of events across the Upstate to fill your calendar. Take a look at our top 25 picks!



Night of Lights (Nov 30) – Count down with Mayor Knox White as the city lights the official Christmas tree and turn on all of the holiday plaza lights.

Greenville Poinsettia Christmas Parade (Dec 1) – For over 75 years, the Poinsettia parade has signaled the beginning of the Christmas season in Greenville.

Bon Secours Festival of Trees (December) – Spectacularly decorated trees line the entrance way of four hotels in downtown Greenville.

Ice on Main (Through Jan 21)Enjoy downtown’s open-air ice skating rink in Village Green.

Coldwell Banker Caine’s Holiday Pop Up Shop (Dec 4) – Join us at 111 Williams Street from 4-7 PM to shop for local gifts. With vendors like Rush Wilson Limited, Naked Pasta, Dog Culture, Marquin Designs, AR Workshop Greenville, and We Took to the Woods, there’s bound to be something for everyone on your list!

Indie Craft Parade Holiday Pop-Up Shop (Nov 24–Dec 16) – A curated mix of handmade gift-able art, home goods, jewelry, and children’s items will be available for purchase in the Village of West Greenville.

Holiday Fair (Nov 29–Dec 1) – Visit the region’s largest holiday arts, crafts, and gift show at the Greenville Convention Center.

Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown! Exhibit (Through Feb 10) – Celebrating the holidays in true Peanuts-style, the Upcountry History Museum will host the latest traveling exhibition from the Charles M. Schulz Museum, titled Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown!

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Dec 1–Dec 9) – South Carolina Children’s Theatre presents this show at the Peace Center Gunter Theater.

Swamp Rabbit Café & Grocery Annual Holiday Flea (Dec 1 and Dec 15) – Shop local this Christmas at the Holiday Flea Markets, featuring 40 local artists and crafters!

The Nutcracker (Dec 21–23) – The holiday classic returns featuring the Greenville Symphony Orchestra and guest stars internationally acclaimed dancers Adiarys Almeida and Taras Domitro along with the dancers from International Ballet at the Peace Center.



Skating on the Square (Nov 16–Jan 15) – Show off your skills at Morgan Square’s open-air ice rink.

Holiday Light Safari (Nov 16–Jan 5) – Snap that selfie with a zebra, camel, or any of the many animals waiting to meet you at Hollywild! Drive through millions of lights and take a stroll into Santa’s Village.

Spartanburg Christmas Parade (Dec 11) – Come enjoy all that downtown Spartanburg has to offer at the area’s largest night parade with festively-lit floats.

Ballet Spartanburg’s The Nutcracker (Dec 7-9) – For over 28 years, The Nutcracker has charmed and filled the hearts of over 800,000 families from our community and beyond. Spartanburg’s Christmas gift to families is always a highlight of the holiday season.



Shadrack’s Drive-Thru Christmas Light Show (Nov 18–Jan 8) – Don’t miss the world’s largest drive-through, fully synchronized LED Christmas light and music show in Simpsonville’s Heritage Park.

Holiday Market on Main Street (Dec 1) – Inspired by the Christmas markets in Germany, Simpsonville’s Holiday Market brings a loved tradition to the Golden Strip.

Simpsonville’s Annual Christmas Parade (Dec 2) – Start the holiday season off right with this community favorite event and the season’s first sighting of Santa.



Christmas in Greer Tree Lighting (Dec 7) – Enjoy ongoing performances in the park then Santa’s arrival to light the tree! Plus, crafts, activities, and s’mores.

Greer Station Vintage Christmas (Dec 7–8) – Shop over 30 vendors at the market for gifts, décor ideas, and tasty treats.


Travelers Rest

Christmas in the Park (Nov 30) – Bring the kids for a free ride on the Polar Express train, the tree lighting, visits with Santa, Christmas caroling, food trucks, and celebrating.

Very Merry Local Christmas Market (Dec 8) – Look for gifts within the fiber arts, woodworking, ceramics, paper and photography arts, home decor and hand painted signs/ornaments, jewelry, body care products, candles, sweet treats and more.


Fountain Inn

Christmas Inn Our Town (Dec 6–22) – This annual festival includes gingerbread houses, shopping, carriage rides, movies, and Santa.



Mauldin’s 12 Days of Christmas (Nov 30–Dec 9) – Featuring the annual tree lighting, Christmas parade, breakfast with Santa, a holiday market, pictures with Santa and more, there’s fun for the whole family.



Model Train Station (Dec 15) – Take in the Christmas train display and take a photo with Santa in Taylors Mill.